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Understanding Each Other is a social enterprise bringing greater awareness to people’s mental health and the challenges we may face through clothing and meetups.
Our mission is to promote solidarity, intersectionality and to help people feel more comfortable and confident in talking about their experiences with mental health.
Kenya Jay Scarlett, the founder of Understanding Each Other, set up the project as a reaction to her own experiences living with periods of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, self-harm and suicidal episodes. Although these never truly go away, she found by having conversations with others and sharing her experiences, a lot of people have also been through similar periods in their lives where they have found it difficult to make sense of their own health and wellbeing.
After all, one in four of us endure mental health difficulties and, ultimately, we ALL have mental health. It’s just a question of how we manage it and how we aid each other.
Why is it that people have to suffer in silence? Why are people too ashamed to open up? It's fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear that people won't understand or won't even care. But, a lot of people do care and are willing to listen and to understand. If we can work together to support people to build that inner confidence and assure society that it's okay to open up about our troubles to others, we can do anything! What if a small gesture like wearing a t-shirt or dancing at an event could help break down those barriers?
Check out our monthly radio show on Alphabet which broadcasts on Soho Radio.
We care about the organisations helping those in need...
10% of profits from each item will be donated to various charities, those currently include Shout, Cybersmile, AKT, LGBTIQ Outside and Young Minds.
We care about the environment...
We use environmentally friendly production methods where possible, our t-shirts and tote bags have the Earth Positive tick and our mailing bags are made from recyclable materials.
We care about intersectionality...
All of our clothing is gender-neutral and is for EVERYONE.
As our clothing is gender-neutral, sizes come up on the slightly bigger. For example, our founder who is AFAB usually wears a medium but goes for a small for a tighter fit.